Varese Sarabande (VSD 5385)
Release Date: 1992
Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
|2.||The Death Ray Laser||2:28|
|3.||Morning Paper / The Abduction||4:17|
|6.||Tod, The Destroyer||0:41|
|12.||I Love My Wife||1:38|
|15.||The Flight Home||2:10|
|16.||On The Roof||0:56|
|Total Album Time:||40:04|
|by David A. Koran
August 24, 2000
This same campiness translated well for Goldsmith in his approach to scoring the film that Bruce Broughton in The Ice Pirates and John Morris did in Spaceballs, and actually helped make the film worth watching. The movie, as well as the CD, starts out with a strong archetypal theme that meshes the symphonic with synthesized elements that Goldsmith is so well known for. Jerrys style for meshing these two elements in his music appeared in the same fashion in many other score of his around the same time like The & #145;Burbs and Total Recall.. This was also a time when Mr. Goldsmith also took on scoring comedies, a rare 4-year period break from his usual dramas and action film scores of which he never returned to. He has a tendency in these pieces to overscore the gags and pratfalls in the films, a step away from many of the subtleties that he& #146;s used in previous film works. However, in a film like this, it works, almost too well. The key to enjoying this score is the orchestration and instrumentation used to take a single theme but apply it to the actions and personalities of the different characters. Some of the more poignant moments in the film are still classic Jerry with subtle strings and woodwinds, but those are far and few between.
For a story about a planet populated by idiots and morons bent on destroying the Earth, you really couldnt expect much from anything born from it& #146;s loins. As a memorable theme from Jerry Goldsmith, its a reasonable addition to a collection of a fan, and really nothing more. It& #146;s a fun romp both on screen and on the CD. If you can believe that this is also from the same folks that brought you Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, you can almost imagine the common sense you have to put by the wayside to get anything from the film. But, its a reminder of a time when studios could get away with releasing such films and audience would go and see these films during the summer just to have something to do on a weekend.
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